(Photo: Bilbao master plan, 1876. Source: wikipedia)
On 19th century, Spain was one of the leaders in urban development. In almost all towns, a grid-shaped extension (Ensanche) was planned, and in almost all towns, the Ensanche is one of the most vibrant districts.
(photo: plaza de Habana in Gijon. Source: Microsoft Virtual Earth)
150 jears later, Spain goes again. Since 1992, almost all towns in Spain started building new neighborhoods, following the principles of the ancient Ensanche. The result is a serie of dense, transit-oriented neighborhoods, following the principles of Smart Growth.
An overview of all projects is available here.
(source: A Vision Of Europe)